Aarhus, June 6, 2017
The world’s most powerful available wind turbine gets major power boost.
MHI Vestas pushes the boundaries of offshore wind again, launching the V164-9.5 MW wind turbine as the cost of offshore wind energy continues its rapid descent.
In the harsh environment of offshore wind, nothing beats experience in the water.
Built on the proven V164 turbine platform, the V164-9.5 MW wind turbine was launched by MHI Vestas today, signaling the company’s relentless drive to lower the cost of energy for offshore wind.
The most powerful serially-produced wind turbine in the world, the V164 platform’s massive 80-meter blades are already capturing wind energy off the coast of the UK like no other turbine in history, giving the company volumes of real-time data and valuable experience that is already paying dividends.
Jens Tommerup, CEO of MHI Vestas, said, “As a leader in the offshore wind industry, we are committed to lowering the cost of energy through innovative turbine technology. The launch of our V164-9.5 MW turbine is a testament to that leadership and to the ingenuity of our engineers and technicians. The V164-9.5 MW is built on the industry-leading V164 platform, the most powerful platform in operation. Just one single turbine is now capable of powering more than 8,300 UK homes.”
Today’s launch of the V164-9.5 MW turbine showcases the proven V164 platform once again with increased energy output from minimal design changes.
Torben Hvid Larsen, Chief Technology Officer at MHI Vestas, said, “I’m very proud of our team for their hard work in launching our next generation turbine, the V164-9.5 MW. With only minimal design changes, including a redesigned gearbox and cooling system upgrades, this turbine continues the legacy of the proven V164 platform and is available now to all MHI Vestas customers.”
The landmark announcement comes as the offshore wind industry meets in London this week to reaffirm its commitment to reduce the cost of energy, to urge policy-makers to set clear offshore wind volume targets, and to define a clear path forward as the sector eyes global expansion.
For further information, contact:
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 8844 8950
About the V164-9.5 MW Turbine
• 9.5 MW rated power, with an optimal rotor to generator ratio
• One turbine can power 8,300 UK homes
• Redesigned gearbox and cooling system upgrades from the V164-9.0 MW
• 80 m blades, the equivalent of nine double decker London buses
• Each blade weighs 35 tonnes
• Swept area of 21,124 m2, larger than the London Eye
• The nacelle is 20 m long, 8 m wide and 8 m high, weighing approximately 390 tonnes
• Approximate hub height of 105 m
• Approximate tip height of 187 m
• Reduces operational and maintenance costs by enabling customers to run fewer, larger turbines
• World record production by a single wind turbine of 216 MWh in 24-hour period (December 2016)
About MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S 50% and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 50%. The company’s sole focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to drive down the cost of energy from offshore wind parks by driving capital and operating savings, and increasing output of wind turbines by bringing the best technology to the market. The company is founded on collaboration, and creating powerful partnerships with key stakeholders as the cornerstone of its business model.